December 28, 2013
READ: Luke 20:9-19
Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone’ ” (v.17).
How do you help people understand who Jesus truly is? How do you break through the half-truths and misconceptions?
You do what Jesus did—you tell stories.
Jesus told parables to shake awake hearts so they could see what they needed to see. To shake the self-righteous from their arrogance, He told the story of a good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). To shake the small-hearted from their coldness, he told the story of a father who threw a party for his son (15:11-32). And to those about to reject Him, He told a story about a vineyard owner who sent his son to collect the harvest, only to have that son killed by the vineyard’s tenants (20:9-19). Through this story Jesus sought to wake up the Pharisees who—blinded by their own misconceptions of the Messiah—would crucify Him to protect their own interests (v.19). By killing Him, the Son, the Pharisees were sealing their own doom. They would trip over the very stone they cast away (v.17).
Every age needs to be shaken out of its misconceptions of Jesus. Perhaps our age needs to be shown that Jesus isn’t the distant, otherworldly figure reflected in some of our cathedral artworks, the revolutionary able to be shoehorned into a favourite political cause or the feel-good guru happy to bless any and every lifestyle choice. No, Jesus is the One who loves lavishly and pronounces judgement. He’s dangerous but good.
Through his Narnia stories, C. S. Lewis sought to awaken an indifferent world to the Christ it thought it knew, but didn’t. Would it see the Jesus it had cast aside through the lion named Aslan? Would it see Him as the dangerous-but-good Saviour He really is?
Let’s all continue to tell the stories about the One who explodes all our misconceptions. —Sheridan Voysey
Jesus’ own followers needed their misconceptions of Him challenged. Read about it in Matthew 16:21-28.
What popular misconceptions of Jesus most need to be challenged today? How can we reveal Him afresh?